Originally Posted by muriel
I do not believe the UK government sees Belgium as a strategic priority, so a state visit to or from Belgium is unlikely in the near term.
There was a time when the UK joined a World War because of Belgium, which was considered essential to UK security across the English channel. But, of course, the geopolitics of Europe have greatly changed since then. Still, Brussels is the capital of the European Union and the current president of the European Council is a former Belgian PM (the second former Belgian PM to occupy that office BTW since it was created). The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator during the Brexit negotiations was also a former Belgian PM.
If you ask me, I would say it is a big mistake for the UK to neglect Belgium. And King Philippe and his wife were always very kind to Queen Elizabeth II and members of her family. King Philippe by the way is King Charles III's fourth cousin (his father and his uncle were Queen Elizabeth II's third cousins).